Study Guide: Revelation 14:6-20 - Proclamation and Perseverance
Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
Another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality.”
And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand.  And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.”  So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.”  So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.  And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse’s bridle, for 1,600 stadia.
Judgment is coming, Jesus gathers the harvest
Angelic announcements make a call to “fear God and give him glory” (v7) and for the “endurance of the saints” (v12). The harvest comes to fruition as Babylon falls and God’s wrath is poured full strength.
- What is the message of the first three angels?
- Read the following passages for more context about what is taking place in this passage:
- Matthew 3:12
- Heb 13:12
- Daniel 7
- Jeremiah 13:16
- Verses 12 and 13 are one of 7 Benedictions throughout the book of Revelation. What is the significance of these verses?
- Jesus often spoke about seeds, sowing, and harvesting. Write out the details that are given in verses 14-20 from the next three angels, along with the figure from v. 14 that represents Christ.
- How is God stirring in your heart now after diving into this section of scripture?
- Re-read v.7. Where might you need to grow in giving God glory in your life?
- Where are you struggling to endure at this time? Who can you reach out to for “one-another” support with this struggle?
What can you thank or praise God for right now? Ask God to help you glorify him in every area of your life.
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